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Hearing & Understanding Milestones

The following hearing and understanding skills are typically found at the ages indicated below. 

  • Startles to loud sounds  
  • Quiets or smiles when you talk
  • Seems to recognize your voice and quiets if crying

  • Moves eyes in direction of sounds
  • Notices toys that make sounds
  • Pays attention to music
  • Responds to changes in tone of your voice

  • Turns and looks in direction of sounds
  • Looks when you point
  • Turns to own name when you call
  • Recognizes words for familiar objects and people, like cup, truck, juice and daddy 
  • Begins to respond to simple words and phrases, like “No”,  “Come here”, and “Want more?”
  • Plays games with you, like peekaboo and pat-a-cake
  • Listens to songs and stories for a short time

  • Points to a few body parts when you ask
  • Follow 1-part directions, like “Roll the ball” or “Kiss the baby”
  • Understands simple questions, like “Who’s that?” and “Where’s your shoe?”  
  • Listens to stories, songs, and rhymes for a longer time
  • Points to pictures in books when you name them

  • Understands opposite words, like go-stopbig-little and up-down   
  • Follows 2-part directions, like “Get the spoon and put it on the table”           
  • Understands new words quickly

  • Responds when you call from another room
  • Understands words for some colors, like red, blue and green         
  • Understands words for some shapes like circle and square
  • Understands word for family, like brothergrandmother and aunt

  • Understands words for order, like first, next and last
  • Understands words for time, like yesterday, today and tomorrow
  • Follows classroom directions, like “Draw a circle on your paper around something you eat”
  • Understands most of what is said at home and school